The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY - -- Kevin Gil­bert

Satur­day, Aug. 31, 1918. One Troy wo­man is hos­pi­tal­ized and an­other is in jail af­ter a knife fight breaks out on River Street tonight, the Sun­day Bud­get re­ports.

Mar­garet Bai­ley is re­cov­er­ing at Troy Hospi­tal from three slash wounds, the worst run­ning from the shoul­der to the el­bow of one arm. Her as­sailant, Belle Wil­liams, claims to have acted in self­de­fense, but “the po­lice do not be­lieve that.”

Wil­liams “has a bad record” and “has fig­ured in trou­ble of­ten,” ac­cord­ing to po­lice and neigh­bor­hood sources. She is the “com­mon law wife” of Harry Wil­liams, who un­suc­cess­fully tried to claim ex­emp­tion from the wartime draft on the ba­sis of their re­la­tion­ship. Belle Wil­liams re­port­edly at­tacked him with a knife shortly be­fore he was drafted, and Bai­ley’s taunt­ing her about their re­la­tion­ship re­port­edly pro­voked tonight’s af­fray.

“The women had been in a re­sort on River Street fre­quented by col­ored peo­ple,” the Bud­get elab­o­rates, “but had gone out to the street in a quar­rel…Mar­garet twit­ting Belle about her re­la­tion to Wil­liams and Belle re­tort­ing that Mar­garet was in the same class.”

Wil­liams flees the fight scene as a pa­trol­man ar­rives to tend to Bai­ley. De­tec­tives go to Wil­liams’ home at 186 Church Street to find that “she had there dis­carded her blood-stained dress and hur­ried away.” On an ap­par­ent hunch, they go to Bai­ley’s home on Wil­liams Street,

“the last place one would think of her go­ing,” and find Wil­liams chang­ing into some of Bai­ley’s clothes.

Visit Ends in Jail

As the world war ap­proaches a cli­max with Amer­i­can troops on the of­fen­sive against Ger­many, xeno­pho­bia at home ap­pears to near its peak. All it takes to get a per­son in trou­ble with the law, it seems, is to ask for a for­eign-lan­guage news­pa­per.

Two Troy po­lice­men are stand­ing at the cor­ner of Broad­way and Union streets this af­ter­noon when a man asks them where in town he’d be able to pur­chase a Rus­sian-lan­guage pa­per.

“They were not able to en­lighten him on that sub­ject,” the Bud­get re­ports, “but the in­quiry was so sug­ges­tive of the war that they asked some ques­tions them­selves, one be­ing where the in­quirer came from, and an­other whether or not he had a draft regis­tra­tion card upon his per­son.”

Michael Spanchuwiak claims to be vis­it­ing from Tren­ton, but the na­tive of Rus­sian-ruled Poland has no pa­pers to prove that. Ac­cord­ingly, the po­lice take him be­fore U.S. Com­mis­sioner Clark Cip­perly and then take him to jail un­til they hear back from the Tren­ton draft board.

The U.S. is not tech­ni­cally at war with the Soviet Union, but Amer­i­can troops are fight­ing Bol­she­vik forces on Rus­sia’s Pa­cific coast.

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